Net zero solutions must not only be green but also prove economically sustainable to ensure fast-paced and effective decarbonisation.
That’s the suggestion from Nikki Flanders, Managing Director of Energy Customer Solutions at SSE, who spoke to future Net Zero Founder Sumit Bose about the global mission to reach net zero by 2050 and how it can be achieved.
She stated that SSE Group has a set of clear goals to make this happen – by 2030, the firm is striving to cut carbon emissions by 50%, treble renewable energy, be a leading business in terms of fair tax and real wages and help accommodate ten million electric vehicles onto the grid and roads.
The Managing Director of Energy Customer Solutions said that “it’s these types of goals that actually underpin the journey” and acknowledged SSE’s work on Dogger Bank, the largest offshore wind farm in the world, was a prime example of the kind of project that will drive meaningful green progress.
She said the company is working to democratise green energy, which means making sustainable, low carbon solutions available and affordable to everybody, not just to big companies using corporate power purchase agreements but also to domestic customers and SMEs.
Reiterating that making green products and services available to all sectors is ‘essential’, Ms Flanders added: “One of the challenges that we have as an energy sector, which I feel really confident that SSE is able to crack actually, is to make those products and solutions accessible to all of the sectors so it’s not a case of bamboozling people with technology, it’s making it very practical and very realistic for their specific business needs.”